Just a quick drive from Fredericksburg, Lake Anna makes for the perfect weekend getaway. You’ll have no problem finding a private location for your beach chair on the 10-mile beachfront. With over 13,000 acres of water and numerous calm coves and inlets, taking to the water by boat, waterski, or Jet Ski is a great way to explore.
Despite the name, the park is not exclusively water oriented. There are 11 bicycle and horse trails meandering 15 miles through the 2,800 acre park, so it is easy to spend your day exercising immersed in the beauty of the hardwood and pine trees. If you feel like “roughing it” on your weekend getaway, you’ll feel right at home at one of the cabins, lodges, or any of the available campsites.
Lake Anna is not only a weekend destination. There are plenty of activities and organizations for its residents as well. Whether you’re looking for something recreational, historical, cultural, or you’re into jumping out of airplanes and are looking for a group to go with, Lake Anna is for you.


Some may think Lake Anna doesn’t offer many dining options because there is no “restaurant row.” They may be deterred by the fact that a little extra driving is required to sooth their cravings. Visitors will find the best way to seek out a restaurant is to follow the boats! It’s easy to see whether a restaurant is popular or not just by peeking at the number of boats floating by its dock. One of the more popular locations is Lakeview Restaurant. Lakeview can cure a wide variety of cravings from seafood, to burgers, even Italian. The local favorite, however, is the Prime Rib served every Saturday night. If you spend the day biking and kayaking and have a huge appetite, this may be what you’re looking for.
Other Lake Anna favorites:

Tavern on the Rail
(Seafood, steaks, fine dining)
81 Tavern Rd
Mineral, VA 23117

Ally’s on the Lake
(Made from scratch menu, home-cooking, casual)
200 Lakefront Dr. Suite 105
Mineral, VA 23117

Tim’s at Lake Anna
(Seafood, bar, live music, casual)
1 Stonewall Ct
Louisa, VA 23093

No Wake Zone
(Outdoor, live music, family friendly)
6320 Belmont Rd
Minderal, VA 23117
Sites to visit:

Meadows Farm Golf Course
(Home of the longest hole in the U.S.)
Be sure to visit the Red Bull Grill while you’re there for the 19th hole!
4300 Flat Run Rd
Locust Grove, VA 22508

LKA Outfitters
(Kayaks, Canoes, Stand-up Paddleboards, Gifts)
Look out for Paddleboard Yoga when you’re out on the water!
4634 Courthouse Rd
Mineral, VA 23117

Lake Anna Winery
(Tours, Karaoke nights, Casino Nights)
5621 Courthouse Rd
Spotsylvania, VA 22551
History of the Lake:
Lake Anna is more of a reservoir than it is a lake. In 1968, Dominion Power (then Virginia Electric and Power Company) purchased the land and built a dam on the North Anna and Pamunkey Rivers. The purpose of the dam was to provide clean, fresh water to the nuclear power plants on site.
By 1972 the lake had been cleared of timber and debris and was ready to be filled. Original projections showed that it would take roughly three years to fill the lake. Heavy rains from the worst storm to hit the United States at that time, Hurricane Agnes, aided in filling the lake within 18 months.
It didn’t take long for communities to sprout up along the water’s edge. Now 120 different communities call Lake Anna home.